Why are legislators and the Wisconsin DNR
a) so hell-bent on making Wisconsin the first state in the country to let dogs loose in a wolf hunt?
And b) pushing to allow dogs that are being trained for hunting to run unleashed against wolves - - even during wolf breeding and mating seasons? Sounds to me like sanctioned cruelty to both dogs and wolves - - and a prohibition against cruelty has been extended in one recent case to wild animals in Wisconsin.
Is the goal here to get a lot of dogs killed by wolves?
The Journal Sentinel explains the DNR's thinking;
The permanent rule would: limit to six the number of dogs used for hunting or training on wolves; require the dogs to wear a collar or have a tattoo with the owner's name and contact information; allow training of dogs for wolf hunting only during normal hunting hours (not at night); and restrict training of dogs on wolves to the day after the gun deer season (late November) through March 31.I have read the plaintiffs' lengthy brief, and cannot reprint it from its pdf format, but found a few excerpts pretty revealing - - especially the arguments that without the use of dogs, no no one would spot a wolf, so presumably none would be shot - - even though the hunt is nearly over, earlier than some had predicted.
The proposal also states no license is required to train dogs on free-roaming wolves. And the dogs are not required to be on a leash.
When the Legislature passed and the governor signed Act 169 in April, Wisconsin became the only state to authorize the use of dogs to hunt wolves...
A lawsuit was filed in August by humane societies and individuals who contend the DNR had inadequate controls in place to protect dogs from "deadly encounters with wolves."